Okay, so it’s not spinach artichoke dip (the best junky appetizer, ever) but I love it. It’s just three ingredients! It’s salty, sweet, chewy, and indulgent all in one! It’s so easy that it hardly qualifies to be a blog post, but I can’t help it because we love it so much we have it at least once a week so I wanted to share it with you. I present to you: Warmed dates with olive oil and kosher salt. That’s it. Matt read about this appetizer in a book I got for him for Christmas called Delancey. We ate at Delancey’s in Seattle when we were there last year and had some of the best pizza of our lives. It’s a cute restaurant owned by a husband/wife duo and the book is the tale of their beginnings in the food world and how they combined their talents in opening the perfect pizza shop. He bakes the pizza and she takes care of appetizers and desserts. It’s kind of a fantasy of Matt’s to do the same and own a brick oven style pizza joint. I could totally run the apps and desserts. Maybe one day we will after our children are old enough to be our waitstaff 😉
These warmed dates are in that book – just a simple appetizer that are completely satisfying. I could honestly have these dates with a slice of Matt’s bread and be totally happy for dinner. It seems weird and too simple, but it just works. Simply heat fresh dates on the stove in some good olive oil until they are slightly sizzling. Then, sprinkle with kosher salt and serve warm. Amazing and easy and spiffs up your dinner in about 15 seconds. Also, our opinionated three year old loves them.